70% rise in evictions over the past 3 years.

70% rise in evictions over the past 3 years.

An analysis of official statistics by a homeless charity has revealed that there has been a 70% rise in court orders to evict private tenants over the past three years.

The national charity for single homeless people Crisis analysed Ministry of Justice statistics from the past 3 years and found that in the last year 36,211 landlords have been granted a court order to evict their tenants, which is a 12% increase on the previous 12 months, and 70% higher than the 21,351 court orders granted 3 years ago.

Duncan Shrubsole, Director of Policy at Crisis, said: “Sadly it is no surprise that we are seeing tens of thousands of private tenants facing eviction. They face a dreadful combination of high unemployment and underemployment, draconian cuts to housing benefit and soaring rents. Our concern is that many of these people will have nowhere to turn, and end up falling victim to homelessness. In fact government’s own statistics point to this already happening.”

Shocking Bristol poverty report reveals an average of 9 people are chasing each private tenancy.

40,000 tenants to lose housing benefit entitlement.

UK tenants in severe arrears tops 100,000.

Hidden Homeless Crisis.

Shrubsole added: “We are calling on the government to rethink cuts to housing benefit that will inevitably leave increasing numbers of people unable to pay the rent. We are also in desperate need of more social and affordable housing in order to rein in the soaring rental market.”

New build is at it’s lowest annual total of any year since 1946.

Furthermore, Landlord Referencing’s unique Tenant Alert Running Total for 2012 reveals that from January 2012 to July 2012 our community of landlords and letting agents registered an accumulated total (via rent defaults and property damages) of £1,043,582.61, right across the UK.

Coupled with recent findings from the National Landlords Association (NLA) that reveal 49% of UK landlords have experienced rental arrears over the last year, and the latest statutory homelessness statistics showing that between 2009 and 2011 the number of tenants approaching their council as homeless due to the end of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy or rent arrears went up by 42% – to almost 10,000 households; Landlord Referencing Services looks forward to the Government’s unveiling of their new stimulus package next month, that will aim to encourage more house building in the UK.

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4 Comments

  1. I guess that my evicted ex-tenants are part of these statistics. Despite having their own house, in which they had tenants too, they wanted to play the “we are homeless” game in order to obtain council accommodation in central London. On the same day that they signed the tenancy agreement they made an application to the council (as I discovered later) stating that they would be facing eviction because they were unable to pay their rent and while living for free in my house during the eviction proceedings, they traveled the world. The statistics are meaningless if they cannot point out how many of these evictions were result of a genuine poverty and how many were motivated by a prospect of council accommodation on the basis of homelessness or simply by not giving rent priority over other expenditure.

  2. i agree that most of these tenants would rather have a 40 inch tv etc than pay their rent. this is encouraged byu the benefit system which states that not paying your rent is an overpayment not fraud, and is civil not criminal so the system doesnt enforce any penalties or try to prove it until it effect them. they dont care about the landlords. i think if we take a closer look, the majority of homelessness is a result of the most difficult tenants moving around the system because they havent paid their rent or anti-social behaviour. Most landlords want to keep the tenants that are good. being on benefits is about need not greed. i.e. the basics in life, food, warm and housing. There are consequences for not paying yor bills evictions is one. My mother always said that your first priority was to keep a roof above you and food. Some of these people get more money in benefits than they would get working. You have to live within your means.

  3. I bet a lot of evictions are caused by incompetent tenants not appreciating that rent is more important than the latest iphone and Sky package.
    Few tenants are able to prioritise what they should be spending their money on.
    Fags and booze must not be purchased,clothese and any other luxury.
    I reckon I could stop loads of tenants being evicted if I went through their spending

    • I would like to say how wrong you are Paul but I cant you are completely right about this.
      I have tenants not pay rent get stroppy cos they have to move, but they have nice phones nice mobiles nice t.v’s.
      It annoys me that so many people on benefits get into this state they get enough to live off.
      I have 3 tenants all on benefits one single mother one old and one relationship. They all pay their bills not miss one months rent and have a nice life style.
      I have just had one move single mum with two kids only had to pay bills food and clothes and then luxuries but when i turned up. Lived in squalor did not do cleaning had urine stained mattresses, now been re-homed by council even though she had £3000 rent arrears and I had not even mentioned evicting her.